PC Upgrade Time

Asus Upgrades

My current computer build is starting to not meet my professional needs anymore, so I have bought a whole new computer system with a view to recycling this current computer as a dedicated PLEX media server. It’s still a good machine overall, AMD FX8350, 32GB DDR3 1866, but the newer versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are chugging with 24-megapixel RAW images off my DSLR camera.

I want a high-end photo editing/video creation system for my work plus some occasional gaming, and right now the best bang for your buck CPU wise is the AMD RYZEN 1800X, 8-core, 16 thread monster, which should handle my high-resolution photography workload with ease. According to reviews, the 1800X is equal to Intel’s $1,000+ i7 6900K for just $469.99 on Newegg at the time of purchase.

On previous builds, I always skimped on motherboards, but not this time, I invested in an Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero, which is considered to be the best overclocking board for Ryzen, which is great as I intend to overclock the 1800X to 4GHz on all cores, never mind the stock single core boost to 4Ghz.

To keep the Ryzen 1800X chilled, I have bought a Corsair H110i 280mm AIO, this is my first foray into water cooling. I’m not ready to jump into custom loop water cooling at this time, so the Corsair closed loop cooler is my preference as it is the only AIO that is compatible with AM4 sockets out of the box.

Video card duty will be handled by the Asus ROG Strix RX-580 8GB Gaming OC Edition, which is a middle of the road GPU, which suits me perfectly as I am a middle of the road gamer. I could have spent much more and bought a Nvidia GTX 1080ti, however, that would be a waste of an amazing GPU, I play mostly older games on a semi-frequent basis, this build is aimed squarely at productivity work, not gaming.

I am sticking with 32GB of RAM, this time it will be the Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 3000Mhz in two 16GB sticks, which will allow me to upgrade to 64GB at a later date should the need arise. I have also decided on all solid state storage in this build, ordering 2 x 480GB ADATA Premier SP550 SSD’s, which should be enough storage for my needs right now, I might even RAID 0 the drives for extra speed.

Finally, the build will all be contained within the NZXT H440 Mid Tower Case with side-window in matt black with a Corsair RM750X 80 plus gold certified power supply keeping the system juiced up, I can’t see me needing more than 750w as I don’t intend to crossfire GPU’s even if the motherboard is capable.

I could have saved $10 and bought the H440 with a solid side panel, however, given that the AIO water cooler, graphics card and motherboard all have RGB LED’s all over them, it would be nice to see those. However, I am not going crazy and installing case LED strips to illuminate the inside of the case as it will be sat a small platform on the floor so I won’t really see it, but… once I see it, I might change my mind!

This build came to a total of $1,894.77 including delivery, which is by far the most expensive build I have ever created (and actually bought), but with all SSD storage, 8 core, 16 thread CPU and 32GB of DDR4 3000 Mhz RAM, this should be a beast of a computer to see me through the next 4 – 5 years.

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